CSU Enrollment Cuts for 2013 - Mar. 21, 2012
Dear CSSOs and Transfer Center Directors,
As you are probably aware by now, the CSU Office of the Chancellor announced Monday that, in anticipation of additional state budget cuts, the CSU plans to drastically reduce 2013 admissions. For the spring 2013 term, the CSU will consider only community college students who have earned the new SB 1440 associate degree for transfer and only offer those students admission to eight CSU campuses (Channel Islands, Chico, East Bay, Fullerton, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Bernardino and Sonoma). The CSU also announced that applicants for fall 2013 admission will be placed on wait lists until the results of this November’s tax initiative are known and enrollment capacity can be calculated. CSU’s press release, posted yesterday afternoon, is copied below for your information.
These decisions have significant implications for community colleges and our students. Typically, the CSU admits approximately 16,000 California community college transfer students for spring. Most of those will not have a spot in 2013. This will likely cause many to remain in the community college system longer than necessary, making it more difficult for other students to get access to the courses and services they need and very likely increasing the numbers of aspiring students who can’t get into our system at all. These are the dire consequences of the state’s failure to fund its higher education systems to accommodate enrollment demand.
The CSU’s promise of space for only those students with an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degree is likely to quickly gain the attention of students and parents and accelerate demand for those degrees. As of the end of February, all but five colleges had at least two approved associate degrees for transfer, 10 colleges had five or more approved degrees and your curriculum committees were hard at work on many more. In the meantime, we have been working with the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and the Chancellor’s Office Advisory Group on Counseling to develop counseling materials to explain the requirements and benefits of the new degrees to students. CSU’s announcement adds new urgency to all of this work.
We have worked with the CSU to develop a Web site at: www.sb1440.org<https://mail.cccco.edu/owa/UrlBlockedError.aspx> that you can use and share with other faculty and staff for current information related to implementation. A joint CCC and CSU communications team is currently working on a public Web site for students, parents, and high school teachers and counselors that will be marketed as ADegreeWithAGuarantee.com <http://www.adegreewithaguarantee.com/>. We will forward additional information about that new site as soon as it is ready for launch.
Our office will continue to work closely with the CSU Office of the Chancellor and make every effort to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information available.